On Thursday, we discussed how to present our work in terms of the exhibition. We planned to show the whole process of form finding with the help of a slides show projected onto the wall, and, additionally, have all of our physical prints and form tests laying on a pedestal next to into. Furthermore, we had the wearables exhibited on pedestals as well and going to be around to encourage people to test it. To show the creating of the artefact live, we are going to project the mapping of those values, which was happening live in Rhino and Grasshopper, onto the wall above our objects as well.
The entire used for the two artefacts is in the following Github repository: empathyForAnxiety
On Tuesday, we wanted to be done with the two final wearables and test it in terms of attaching everything together. Since we knew that the prototype of wearbale #1 is working and we just had to slightly adjust the position of the components, we were mainly focusing on the complex and time-consuming wearbale #2 the last days. But of course, we needed to rework it, and so Fernando, who is the only one who had access to the textile workshop, was fabricating our final wearable #1, whereas Gabriel and Nadine focused on wearable #2.
Fabricating the right prototype for this wearable #2 brougt us a lot of insights and we went into an interation phase and noted what could be improved and were weak points could be. Especially the right order of the components in order to make cables as short as possbile to keep it tidy, enough space to exchange the battery pack and the distance between the motor with the spool included and how it was fabricated. We were also testing and prototyping with an Arduino Uno, but our final prototype should use a MKR1000 to be mobile.
After Fernando finished his part of the fabrication, he designed and printed a shield for the MKR, which was triggering the stepper motor and went on to the coding part, which was almost done but still had some issues with the two sensors on one board and interfering each other. He got back to Joel several times in order to debug intensely and ened up in recoding and adusting the library to fit our needs. This took him nearly the whole day, which made it impossible for us to test the installation as a whole and finely map the values of our sensor data to correctly trigger the vibration motors and the stepper motor.